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FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Portraits

FAKE OR FORTUNE? Portraits

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Portraits
This episode looks at three works of art: an 18th-century portrait of a young lady which may have been painted by society artist Philip Mercier; a sketch of a man possibly done by German artist Adolph von Menzel; and an early portrait that may have been created by Willem de Kooning.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Rodin

FAKE OR FORTUNE? Rodin

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

Rodin
The team examines a sketch of a Cambodian dancer that is attributed to the artist Auguste Rodin, best known for his sculptures.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Delaroche

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Delaroche

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Delaroche
The team examines a painting that may be a lost work by the 19th-century French master Paul Delaroche.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Lucian Freud

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Lucian Freud
The team of art dealer Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce are presented with a portrait by Lucian Freud that potentially dates back to the very beginning of the artist’s career. Can it be authenticated?

 

NOVA
Iceman Reborn

 

Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
A Mystery Old Master

FAKE OR FORTUNE? A Mystery Old Master

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

A Mystery Old Master
In this episode we are faced with a double mystery. A church in the heart of the Lancastrian countryside has been home to the work of a 16th century Italian Old Master for more than 200 years. The congregation has contacted them to help solve a riddle which has been puzzling everyone. Who painted this huge picture and just how did it find its way into a church once patronized by the famous Bronte sisters?

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Churchill and Munnings

FAKE OR FORTUNE?: Churchill and Munnings

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Churchill and Munnings
Charles Henty is the owner of two paintings which may be by two of the leading figures of the 20th century.

 

One was found in the coal hole of his family house in London and is possibly by Sir Winston Churchill. Painting was Churchill’s private passion. He received no formal training and painted purely for pleasure; but, even so, his works are now highly sought after by collectors.

 

The other painting, a landscape of Dedham in Essex, is possibly by Sir Alfred Munnings. While he may be an unfamiliar name to many outside the art world, during his lifetime, Munnings was the most successful highly valued British artist of all time. But Dedham was also home to another painter: the infamous forger Tom Keating.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Renoir

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

Renoir
Art detective Philip Mould and journalist Fiona Bruce try to prove a painting hanging in a Welsh Castle is by celebrated French Impressionist, Pierre Auguste Renoir. For 50 years the painting has been dogged by doubt and two powerful art world authorities can’t agree whether it’s genuine or fake. Philip travels to Berlin to see if cutting-edge technology can determine whether the pigments in the painting match up to those listed by Renoir himself.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
L.S. Lowry

FAKE OR FORTUNE?: L.S. Lowry

 

Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a darker dimension: a world of incalculable wealth, social ambition, and occasional subterfuge. Detective Philip Mould, journalist Fiona Bruce and a team of scientists investigate a new batch of potential fine art forgeries.

 

L.S. Lowry
Fiona and Philip investigate three small pictures by L.S. Lowry, probably the most faked British artist. His deceptively simple style of painting makes him a soft target for forgers. As a result, the art market has become very wary of newly discovered Lowry works.

 

FAKE OR FORTUNE?
Vuillard

FAKE OR FORTUNE: Vuillard

 

Every picture tells a story, but in this series, valuable paintings are treated as crime scenes! Beyond the genteel galleries and upmarket auction houses of the art world lies a dimension rarely seen – a darker side of incalculable wealth, social ambition and sometimes subterfuge. In the third season of this audience pleasing mini-series, a recognized art sleuth, a doctor of history and cutting-edge scientists again join forces to discover the truth behind controversial works of art.

 

Vuillard
Scriptwriter Keith Tutt fell in love with the work of French post-impressionist painter Edouard Vuillard in his school art class. When a large oval picture by the artist appeared in a provincial auction house he gambled his savings on it – even though it doesn’t appear in the official record of Vuillard’s works. To prove this is a Vuillard, the team will need to convince some of the most demanding art experts in France.

 

This program will encore Tues., Feb. 2, 11:00 pm

 

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